thebillypicture formed when childhood friends, Phil Pierce (lead vocal/lead guitars) and Matt Stewart (bass) wanted to play rock and roll. Less than ten years later this all came to pass when Toronto native Craig Bertram joined on drums. Two short weeks later they played their first show. In early spring 2002, second guitar player Matt Johnston completed the outfit. The rest, as they say, is history.
In their earliest stages of songwriting it didn't take long before they recognized the need to record. In early autumn of 2001 thebillypicture entered the studio with well-known indie rock drummer and producer Jessie Sprinkle (Poor Old Lu) and laid the songs for their self-produced 5 song e.p. Nil Desperandum. What emerged was a fusion of 50's and 70's style rock and roll married to the influences of well-known European artists like Radiohead. From the poppy hooks of Beige on Beige to the staccato rifts of Womb, this 5 song menagerie exhibits a maturity far beyond their years.
To some the honesty of exposing one's soul through musical expression becomes too great a burden to bear. To thebillypicture music is the very expression of life. Justin Goellner (local promoter-Rochester, NY) summed it up best, thebillypictureFabulous Rochester boys playing a swirly mix of My Bloody Valentinesque lyrics sure to please and tease anyone involved.
Heavily influenced by 70's musical legends, Led Zeppelin, and artistic icons, The Velvet Underground, thebillypicture's unabashed rock and roll style fuses well with its shoegazer edge. In the song Nothing Left Phil Pierce's vocals quietly croon and beckons each listener to truly experience the heady impact of relationships in the fullest stages of euphoric bliss.
Temperamental yet unmistakably unique, their live show is unparalleled in intensity. Each song takes the audience on a roller coaster of sound challenging all to dance and sway to the music's unpredictable edge. Their picture evokes reality.
Its expression is rock and roll.
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